Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people

Published: November 4, 2010

The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church.

Writing in Church Times, Rev Platten described attending a meeting of a local gay group in Halifax, in which speakers described feeling isolated, bullied and rejected because of their sexual orientation.

He said that after the meeting, his diocese had begun to “engage” with gay people and discuss what the Bible says about sexual orientation.

Describing the meeting, he said that some attendees appeared nervous and suspicious when he arrived but he felt “shamed” by some of their stories and admitted he had not listened in the past.

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